Police Officer Jose M. Torres

Police Officer Jose M. Torres

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Tuesday, August 21, 1979

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Jose M. Torres

Police Officer Jose M. Torres was killed when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in front of 2350 South Blue Island Avenue while investigating an earlier accident.

The 21-year-old offender was speeding and disobeyed a stop sign. The subject was arrested several hours later and charged with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of and accident.

Officer Torres was critically injured and died of his injuries 15 days after the incident.

Patrolman Torres had served with the Chicago Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the Marquette District. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 13988

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Sunday, August 5, 1979
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Arrested

accident investigation, drunk driver, hit-and-run

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Jose was one of my three partners on the beat car we were assigned in the Marquette 10th District. He was a good police officer and fun loving. I had many good times with him and knew I could depend on him as he with me. The three of us were a close-knit team. After he was killed, and his offender fled to Mexico not ever found I was assigned by the District Commander to cut the lock on his personal locker and allow his wife access. It was a truly intense experience. Little would I know that I would, later as a Sergeant, be directed to contact, pickup, and transport two wives to the hospital where their husbands laid critically wounded. I will always remember Jose with fond memories.

Sergeant Gordon Lohrman (Retired)
Chicago Police Department

November 11, 2022

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